Tokyo: The Imperial Capital

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  • Ongoing: until Sunday, March 20, 2005
  • Sunday: 12:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am
  • Wednesday: 10:00am
  • Thursday: 10:00am
  • Friday: 10:00am
  • Saturday: 10:00am
  • Where: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit: All ages

On 11:58 a.m. on Sept. 1, 1923, an earthquake struck Tokyo and eastern Japan with devastating force. A vigorous rebuilding campaign restored the city and transformed it into the imperial capital. This reconstruction allowed for the creation of new spaces and structures, such as monumental commercial and government buildings, increased public transportation and communication systems, as well as parks, museums and hotels, that embodied the progressive changes occurring in Japanese urban society. One of the woodblock print artists who captured the drama of Tokyo's rebirth was Koizumi Kishio (1893-1945), who created One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo in the Showa Era (Showa dai Tokyo hyakuzue) from 1928-1940. This portfolio of Koizumi's prints sets the stage for Tokyo: The Imperial Capital-Woodblock prints by Koizumi Kishio, 1928-1940, a national traveling exhibition depicting the evolution of a key Asian city as it embraced modernity, maintained traditions, and became the backdrop for the militaristic ambitions of empire.

This event was posted Jan. 22, 2005 and last updated Sept. 16, 2014

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